Of the five coaches who will be carrying their nation’s hopes, Regragui is a familiar figure in the Bafana BaStyle camp. Regragui led Wydad Casablanca to CAF Champions League glory in May of this year. Mngqithi has been following his progress due to Sundowns’ well-documented rivalry with the Moroccan giants. “Structurally and tactically he is very astute,” Mngqithi stated. “He is a good leader also. He has the capacity to bring out the best of his players. There are some of his players who were not looking very good under Faouzi Benzarti but the moment he got an opportunity he really showed that he can take over and make the team a formidable side.”
Morocco are in the same group as Belgium, Canada and Croatia. Senegal are grouped with hosts Qatar, Netherlands and Ecuador. Ghana will battle with Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland in Group G. Tunisia have France, Denmark, and Australia in Group D. All five teams are in tough groups, but Mngqithi believes that the weather conditions will favour African teams and he sees one of them reaching the quarterfinals - and also push for a semi-final berth.
The World Cup will be smack in the middle of the 2022/23 season due to Qatar’s weather conditions. The DStv Premiership will take a pause during the tournament. Sundowns’ last match before the World Cup was against Royal AM on the 29th of October. The team will resume its title defence on the 31st of December against Orlando Pirates.